Kansai International Airport, colloquially known as Kanku, is an international airport located on a man-made island in Osaka Bay. It is situated within three municipalities: the centre on Tajiri, the north on Izumisano, and the south on Sennan, on the Osaka Prefecture in Japan. It serves as a hub for a number of airlines such as All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines. Additionally, it is also a hub for the Japan's first international low-cost carrier, Peach.
Kansai International Airport was created as a solution to the overcrowding at Osaka International Airport which, despite the name, now only focuses on handling domestic flights.
Universal Studios Japan - Family fun entertainment is best found at the Universal Studios, where there are countless activities for each family member to enjoy! Potterheads will have the chance to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to hang out in the recreated village of Hogsmeade, take a thrilling ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff junior roller coaster, and have a dark ride in and around the Hogwarts Castle in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and so much more! There are also countless treats for for Snoopy, Sesame Street, and Hello Kitty fans as well in Universal Wonderland, which contains several rides, playgrounds, and performances! There's so much to do and so much to see, it's highly unlikely for visitors not to have a good time.
Osaka Castle - The Osaka Castle located in Chuo-ku, Osaka is a well-known symbol of Osaka. It is one of the country's most famous historic sites, as it was the battle ground of the major wars in the history of Japan. The Osaka Castle Museum is now open to the public, so visitors can observe the artefacts on display and learn more about the castle and its ancient past, try on a helmet, surcoat, and kosode kimono for picture-taking, or go up to the observation deck to get a panoramic view of the castle grounds.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum - An unusual museum can be found in Ikeda in Osaka, just a short walk away from the Ikdea Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is dedicated to instant noodles and Cup Noodles, as well as the inventor of the first instant noodle product, Momofuku Ando. Visitors must make reservations in order to try out the instant ramen workshop, which allows them to create their own instant noodles. Additionally, there is a noodle factory that allows visitors to assemble their own Cup Noodles by choosing among the pre-made ingredients available, for a small fee.
How to get around within Osaka
A good way to get around Osaka is by making use of its extremely efficient subway system, a map of which is available online. You can purchase a one-way ticket with the fare depending on the destination (but if you accidentally purchase a ticket cheaper than what you actually need, you may pay the difference wherever you get off); but you may also purchase 1-day passes. Both are available at ticket vending machines in any subway station.
Taxis in Japan, no matter which city, can be very expensive and is not a very practical form of public transportation for tourists. Nevertheless, if you absolutely must take one, do not expect the driver to be speak or understand English well; always have the name or address of your destination on paper to minimise the risk of miscommunication.
How to get there
As Kansai International Airport has taken over the international flights into Osaka from Osaka International Airport, numerous airlines serve the KIA. Some of these are Jetstar Japan, Korean Air, Spring Airlines, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Delta Air Lines, Air France, and China Airlines.
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